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Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

Houston Chronicle Mike Corder AP 27 August 2014

Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.  Of the 173 sets of remains that have been positively identified, 73 have been returned to next of kin. Police say some families are waiting for more complete sets of remains or until families and friends who were traveling together are all positively identified before reclaiming their loved ones.

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WHO notified of EVD outbreak in DRC

BioPrepWatch Paul Tinder 29 August 2014

The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that it was recently informed of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Equateur Province.

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ASM issues lab guidelines for handling Ebola specimens

BioPrepWatch Paul Tinder 27 August 2014

The American Society for Microbiology issued interim laboratory guidelines on Thursday for handling and testing specimens from cases or suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever viruses (HFV) like Ebola.

The guidelines follows the recent interim guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for specimen collection, transport, testing and submission for patients with suspected Ebola virus disease infection.

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ASM Interim Laboratory Guidelines for Handling/Testing Specimens from
Cases or Suspected Cases of Hemorrhagic Fever Virus (HFV)

Former accused to appear at inquest

Townsville Bulletin Samantha Healy 1 September 2014

A MAN twice tried and later acquitted of the suspected murder of a Bowen teenager, Rachel Antonio, is expected to give testimony at the coronial inquest investigating her disappearance this week.

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Jail after pub fight

Townsville Bulletin Emma Channon 1 September 2014

A MAN has been jailed for an alcohol-fuelled fight he says was consensual, that left the other person unconscious for 20 seconds. Shane Robert Alexander, 26, left blood pooling from his victim, after the pair started fighting outside a Cloncurry pub in March this year.

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You have a bacterial ‘aura’ that follows you around

ScienceAlert Australia Felicity Nelson 30 August 2014

Scientists have found a microbial ‘aura’ of unique and identifiable communities of bacteria living on people’s skin and in their homes. These communities follow people whereever they go and leave traces that can be used almost like a fingerprint to determine a person’s movements.  Forensic scientists can use this microbial ‘fingerprint’ to trace your movements.

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The Ebola virus is mutating faster in humans than in animal hosts

ScienceAlert Australia Felicity Nelson 30 August 2014

A study that some early researchers in Sierra Leone gave their lives for has yielded incredibly important results, reports ABC Science.

The study, published in Science, reveals the rates of mutation in the deadly Ebola virus, that has so far claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, including more than 140 health care workers.

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